January 15,2015 twelve Ambridge Junior High students competed at Pittsburgh Technical Institute in the Region One Technology Student Association Regional Competition for the first time in school history. The seventh and eighth grade students that participated in this event included Xavier Albring, Jacob Bailey, Lance Bordeaux, Nathan Erickson, Samantha Freed, Shane Killen, Zachary Ochman, Joshua Peters, Corey Shaffer, Jacob Shoup, Thomas Swaney, and Shamus Fitzgerald. The students prepared for this event over several weeks, putting forth a lot of hard work and effort. This work was compounded by the fact all student competed in a minimum of three events. Students competed in events that included career prep, prepared speech, problem solving, tech bowl, dragster design, digital photography, structural design, and many more. Eight of the twelve students were able to qualify for states in the event that they participated in, while others will be able to attend the state competition participating in different events. The state competition will be held in April at Seven Springs and we expect big things from this year’s group. Congratulations and good luck to all of the students who participated and thank you to Mr. Benson who led the students all the way! Click "Read More" To view results.
Pittsburgh, PA, January 27, 2015– PIOGA Grant Winners Announced
In coordination with Kids Get It™, PIOGA (Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association) has awarded five Pennsylvania schools grants to use for an energy-related project that students will design and implement. Applicants were teachers who attended a Kids Get It workshop sponsored by PIOGA. To qualify for the maximum $500 grant, applicants were asked to describe their project, including how the students would be involved, what results they are anticipating, and how they will share the information with the community. Participating schools are asked to implement the ideas between January and June 2015.
The recipients of the grants are: Ambridge Junior High School (Ambridge, PA), Holland Middle School (Holland, PA), Penn Wood Middle School (Darby, PA), East Lansdowne Elementary School (East Lansdowne, PA) and Dubois Area Middle School (Dubois, PA).
The Ambridge Area Junior High School is fundraising for a second mosaic mural! We are lucky and excited to have artist Laura Jean McLaughlin join us once again to create a mural based on the history of our communities. Your student will enjoy learning about the rich history of the areas that make up our district. Then, they will sketch designs inspired by the lesson. We will design a mural layout on cement board and paint it in to color code it. Next, the hard work of cutting tile and putting together the mural begins. The final step is to grout the mural. Our wonderful maintenance team puts the mural on the wall with tap-con screws and TA-DA the whole school community gets to enjoy a powerful large scale work of art!
Last year’s Mural is 9 ½ ‘X 12’ large and based on school culture. The students made the entire artwork from the ground up! They were so proud of themselves when they saw the final product and so was everyone else in the school and community who got to experience the artwork. Great things happen when our collective creativity is pulled together!
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Mr. Don Ayers won an energy grant from PIOGA for $470.75. PIOGA is Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association who represents over 950 members, including oil and natural gas producers, drilling contractors, service companies, manufacturers, distributors, professional firms and consultants, royalty owners, and other individuals with an interest in Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry.
The grant money will be used for the Ambridge Junior High 7th & 8th grade honors science students 2nd annual S.T.E.M. day for the 3rd grade classes at Economy Elementary in spring of 2015. The students will use the kit to light a miniature bulb, sound a buzzer, rotate a fan with one simple device! This photocell testing unit can convert light energy into electric energy to make these experiments easy for students. The unit can also keep students busy applying an experiment such as comparison between a clear day and a cloudy day; observing the variation in the angle at which the sunlight falls on the cell; covering the cell with their hand and applying the reflected sunlight to the cell; or testing the unit’s ability by using an incandescent lamp or a fluorescent lamp.